Overnight suicide car bombing in Beirut killed 1, wounded 20: officials
BEIRUT – Lebanese officials and the state-run news agency say the overnight suicide bombing in a southern Beirut neighbourhood killed a security officer and wounded 20 people.
The explosion occurred just after midnight on Monday near a checkpoint and a cafe in the Shatila area.
The state-run news agency said on Tuesday that security officer Abdul-Karim Hodroj was killed. It wasn’t clear if the checkpoint was the intended target of the attack.
The wounded included people who had gathered at a cafe to watch World Cup matches.
It was the second explosion in a week and comes amid mounting regional tensions over dramatic events in nearby Iraq, where the al-Qaida splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has seized large chunks of territory in the country’s north and west.